Video: Do’s & Don’ts of Trail Riding

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Trail riding is definitely a fun and amazing experience, not just for the rider but to the horse as well. The long years of working together, which has developed trust and relationship, makes trail riding even more exciting for both parties. However to maximize your trail riding experience, there is a list of important do’s and don’ts which need to be considered. Failure to abide by these important rules may sometimes lead to tragic accidents.

Before you start the adventure, make sure to wear the proper riding gear. At the minimum, you should have a sturdy boots with a heel, jeans, and a helmet. [1]

One of the basic considerations before engaging in trail riding is the health of the horse. Instead of choosing an unconditioned horse, one should always use a healthy, lean and fit one which can cope with the long hours of walking and trekking.

Second, maintain a good distance from other horses behind and ahead. This prevent your horse from stepping on the lead horse, and getting kicked by other horses. Also, avoid speeding up and passing by other horses at a gallop. This could cause panic to other horses which may lead to some serious accidents.

When at rest, make sure to place your horse under shade, never let them rest under the scorching heat of the sun. Also, place them in areas with relatively safe distance from other horses to prevent from kicking, thereby avoiding injuries.

Research shows that riders should refrain from feeding their horse right after a long ride. Blood is required in digestion. Thus, after a ride, the horse must be given enough time to replenish its blood, because too great demands from its system may cause the horse to suffer from colic. While at the trail, do not feed your horse more than its usual consumption in the stable. Instead, feed him less to reduce his chance of suffering from colic. When the horse returns to the camp, feed him a small amount of hay, and give him time to rest. Resume normal feeding at night. [2]

These are just a few of the basic tips you should consider when you go on trail riding with your horse. Get the best out of your trail riding adventure without compromising the health and safety of your horse. Watch the video below to get more tips on do’s and don’ts when trekking with your horse.

References:
[1] http://www.lovehorsebackriding.com/horse-riding-for-beginners.html
[2] http://oetra.com/forms/Trail_Dos&Donts.pdf

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